Delhaize cutting jobs overseas as supermarket competition intensifies

Emily Ford
Emily Ford

Delhaize Group, the Brussels-based international retailer that owns Food Lion, may cut up to 2,500 jobs in Belgium to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Delhaize America and Food Lion, both based in Salisbury, would not be affected.

Delhaize, which has 147 company-operated supermarkets in Belgium, said the company is considering ending activities in 14 underperforming stores. The price of Delhaize shares rose as much as 1.7 percent after the announcement.

Delhaize faces an increasing structural cost gap related to salary and working conditions of as much as 30 percent versus key competitors in its home market, the company said.

To improve efficiency and strengthen its position in Belgium, Delhaize will invest $609 million over three years, starting in 2015, in its company-operated stores, including staff development and training, improving its product offering, pricing and logistics.

Delhaize also recently announced that it has completed selling its Bulgarian operations to AP Mart.

Delhaize operates in eight countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,520 stores, including more than 1,100 Food Lion stores in 10 states.

At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed about 160,000 people. Food Lion has about 63,000 employees.

In the United States, traditional supermarkets have seen a fundamental transformation over the last decade as giant discounters such as Wal-Mart and Target cut into food sales. A report in Quartz showed that according to a recent note published by equity analysts at Credit Suisse, discounters controlled 22.7 percent of the U.S. retail food business in 2013, up from 16.9 percent in 2003. That market share came directly from traditional supermarkets, which saw their market share slip from 30.7 percent to 26.7 percent over the same time period.

High-quality retailers such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s also have been nibbling away at the business too, driving their share of retail grocery sales up from 1.1 percent in 2003 to 2.8 percent in 2013. At the other end of the income spectrum, “dollar stores,” which have attracted poorer customers, saw their market share rise from 1.4 percent to 2.5 percent over the same period, according to the Quartz report on Credit Suisse’s note.

Free basic computer classes

Knox’s Computer Business will offer free basic computer classes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Classes will run for two hours.

Call 704-680-7317 or 704-870-8862 to schedule an appointment time. The business is located at 512 Klumac Road, Suite 8.

Senior events on schedule

Comfort Keepers will continue the monthly Senior Solutions series at 11:30 a.m. June 26 at Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road in Salisbury with Marjorie Brown speaking on “Are you Prepared — Elder Law and Elder Care Solutions,” focusing on planning for future care, finances and lifestyle.  

The June Comfort Keepers Caring Connections at Whitley’s Annex Chapel will have Julie Hutt, director of education and community outreach with Piedmont Healthcare of the Carolinas, discussing requirements of the PACE program, which designed for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Caring Connections is held at Whitley’s Annex Chapel, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, in Kannapolis, at 11:30 a.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month. 

Make a reservations for either program at 704-640-5152, or 704-630-0370,

Brady: Million Dollar Round Table

Eric Brady, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has earned membership in the 2014 Million Dollar Round Table.

Brady qualified based on client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge in 2013. The MDRT is an international, independent association of leading life insurance and financial services professionals.

Brady, who lives in Salisbury, associated with Thrivent Financial’s East Regional Financial Office.

Efird: Million Dollar Round Table

Jay W. Efird, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year.

Efird’s Modern Woodmen office is at 860 Craigmont Lane Northwest in Concord. 

Business honors for safety

The N.C. Department of Labor honored area employers and employees at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet in Concord last week.

The awards honor outstanding on-the-job safety achievements of each company during 2013. The event is co-sponsored by the N.C. Department of Labor and the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County. The banquet was held at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center in Concord.

Recipients include:

Silver Awards

Rate of days away from work must be at least 50 percent below the industry average.

First Year

Cabarrus County, Active Living, Parks

Cabarrus County, Department of Human Services

City of Concord, Police and Code Enforcement Department

City of Concord, Wastewater (Sewer) Department

City of Kannapolis, Parks and Recreation

City of Kannapolis, Public Works, Stormwater Operations

Concrete Supply Co., Concord Plant

Granite Knitwear Inc.

Parkdale America, Plant #23

Southeastern Packaging Co.

Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Rocky River Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

Second Consecutive Year

City of Concord, Buildings & Grounds

City of Concord, Parks and Recreation

Trinity Oaks

Third Consecutive Year

City of Concord, Streets & Traffic Department

City of Concord, Waterlines Operations and Maintenance Department

Gold Awards

Rate of days away from work, job transfer or restriction must be

at least 50 percent below the industry average.

First Year

Cabarrus County, Board of Elections

Cabarrus County, Communications & Outreach

Cabarrus County, Tax Administration

Carolinas Medical Center, Urgent Care, Salisbury

Chandler Concrete Co. Inc., Salisbury Ready Mix Plant #114

City of Concord, Aviation Operations

City of Concord, Electric Systems Construction

City of Concord, Electric Systems Tree Trimming

City of Concord, Engineering

City of Concord, Fire Department

City of Concord, Fleet Services Department

City of Concord, Housing Department

City of Concord, Planning & Neighborhood Development

City of Concord, Solid Waste & Recycling

City of Kannapolis, City Administration

City of Kannapolis, City Manager’s Office

City of Kannapolis, Customer Service Center

City of Kannapolis, Finance Department

City of Kannapolis, Fire Department

City of Kannapolis, Human Resource Department

City of Kannapolis, Police Department

City of Kannapolis, Public Works, Administration & Engineering

City of Kannapolis, Public Works, Signs and Markings Division

City of Kannapolis, Public Works, Street Operations

Delta Apparel, Funtees Division

Henkel Corp., Salisbury

Owens Corning Glass Metal Services

Perdue Farms Inc.

Vulcan Construction Materials LP, East Region, Cabarrus Quarry

Second Consecutive Year

Associated Asphalt Salisbury LLC

Cabarrus County, Library Systems

City of Concord, Coddle Creek Water Treatment Plant

City of Concord, Customer Service Department

City of Concord, Stormwater Department

Concrete Supply Co., Salisbury Plant

Martin Marietta Materials, Bonds Quarry

N.C. Dept. of Transportation Division of Highways 10th Div., Cabarrus Equipment Sub-Shop

Novant Health, Kannapolis Logistics Center

Salisbury Machinery Co., A Division of Oliver Rubber Co.

Third Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Information Technology Services

City of Concord, Electric Systems Powerlines Maintenance

City of Concord, Finance & Taxation Department

City of Concord, Purchasing Department

City of Concord, Rider Transit

Concord Builders Inc.

Stanley Black & Decker, Kannapolis DC

Fourth Consecutive Year

Chandler Concrete Co. Inc., Salisbury Building Supply #115

City of Concord, Electric Systems

Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Lake Don T. Howell

Fifth Consecutive Year

City of Concord, Human Resources Department

Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Administrative Office

Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sixth Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Landfill

Fortline Waterworks, Asheville

Fortline Waterworks, Charlotte

Fortline Waterworks, Concord

Fortline Waterworks, Fayetteville

Fortline Waterworks, Greensboro

Fortline Waterworks, Raleigh

Fortline Waterworks, Wilmington

Vulcan Construction Materials LP, East Region, Gold Hill Quarry

Seventh Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Fair

City of Concord, Hillgrove Water Treatment Plant

City of Concord, Traffic Services & Traffic Signals

Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Mount Pleasant Water Treatment Facility

Eighth Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Emergency Management

Cabarrus County, Human Resources

N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions, Concord Workforce Office

Ninth Consecutive Year

City of Concord, Billing Department

City of Concord, Customer Care Center (Call Center)

City of Concord, Utilities Collections Department

13th Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, County Manager’s Office

Cabarrus County, Soil and Water Conservation

Cabarrus County, Veterans Service

Cabarrus County, Waste Reduction/Recycling

14th Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Register of Deeds

City of Concord, Legal Department

Superior Industrial Maintenance Co.

17th Consecutive Year

Cabarrus County, Finance Department

City of Concord, City Manager’s Office

City of Concord, Communications/Radio Shop

Million Hour Awards

1 million hours, or multiples thereof, with no lost-time accidents

Henkel Corp.

1 Million Hours

Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2013

Health Matters screening

 CHARLOTTE — Carolinas HealthCare System will host Health Matters, a day of health and wellness screenings and education, on June 21. The event will feature guest speaker J. Anthony Brown, on-air radio personality with the Tom Joyner Morning Show, as he discusses his personal struggle with type 2 diabetes.  

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stratford Richardson YMCA, 1946 West Boulevard. The event will feature pre-diabetes screenings, panel discussions on diabetes and mental health, complimentary healthy lunch and snacks and giveaways.

To register for the ‘Health Matters’ event, visit

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